4 Causes of Shower Problems

When your showerhead only gives a trickle of water or water is slow to go down the drain, your shower may be difficult to use. Since most people use their shower every day, you want to find the issue and get it fixed as quickly as possible. There are a few common causes of water pressure, leaks or drain clogs that can help you identify problems and avoid issues in the future.

  1. Hair clogs. One of the most common issues in showers is hair clogs. Everyone loses hair, especially when in the shower. You or a plumber can remove the clog with a snake, but to prevent further clogs, add a drain strainer.
  2. Switch from bar soap. Clogs are more likely when you use bar soaps that are made from solidified fats. The soap can buildup in the drain and can also leave more residue on your shower walls, making it more work to keep your shower clean. Liquid body soap can be a better option.
  3. Low water pressure. If you only have a trickle coming from your showerhead, it could be simply that there is mineral residue clogging the showerhead. Cleaning the aerator can often fix this issue.
  4. Leaks. If your showerhead or faucets drip or leak, they may need a new washer, or the fixture may need replacement. These are minor leaks that can be fixed quickly by a knowledgeable bathroom repair plumber.

Most shower issues are quick to fix and can often be done by a handy homeowner. However, if you have major leaks or a backup caused by draining problems, you want to call a plumber to handle these larger shower issues.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

6 Quick Ways to Reduce Water Use in Your Home

There are many reasons to limit the amount of water you use in your home. Water conservation is good for the environment and can also be good for your bank account. Excess water use can cost you more in utility bills, put extra stress on a septic system and deplete natural resources. There are many ways to reduce water use around the home, but here are six ways you can start today. 

  1. Stop running water down the drain. Whether you are brushing your teeth or rinsing dishes, avoid running water directly down the drain. Shut it off between uses.
  2. Take shorter showers. Each shower uses several gallons of water. Keep showers short, or better yet, turn off water while you lather up your hair and body, then rinse off.
  3. Only do full loads of laundry. Small loads of laundry add up to more water used than one full load. Only do laundry when you have a full load.
  4. Only do full loads of dishes. Just like the clothes washer, only turn on the dishwasher when it is completely full.
  5. Water grass and gardens morning/night. Less water is needed to water outside when it is cooler, so set the timer on your irrigation for morning or night.
  6. Fix leaks. A leaky faucet or shower can create gallons of water waste every day. Call a plumber and get those leaks fixed today.

You can greatly reduce your water use with these small tricks, helping with conservation and reducing the cost of water use in your home. Talk to your local plumber about installing water-efficient appliances and fixtures to reduce your water use even further.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471

Do You Know Where to Find Your Water Shut-Off Valves?

If you have a plumbing leak or emergency, one of the first things you will need to do is turn off the water. This is not the time to learn about where your water shut-off valves – you should know where to locate them quickly to stop water flowing into your home. Here are some tips to help you locate the different shut-off valves so you know where to go when you have a plumbing leak.

Sinks

Most sinks have their own shut-off valves. Look under the sink or behind the plumbing stand for a small shut-off valve. This is useful if the problem is with a sink fixture or is you are replacing components on the sink.

Toilets

Toilets also have their own shut-off valve. Look for a valve attached to the water line coming to the toilet tank. This can be used to stop water if the toilet will not stop running or if you need to replace the toilet, components or wax ring.

Appliances

Hot water heaters, dishwashers and washers may each have their own valves to turn off the water to the appliance. If there is not a separate valve, the main water valve will need to shut-off the water supply if there is a leak or for repair work.

Main Water Valve

For major plumbing leaks, the main water shut-off valve should be used. This is usually located where the main water line coming from the city water supply or well comes into the house. It can be outside, in a crawl space or in the basement.

It is important to know where all your water shut-off valves are in case of a plumbing emergency. This can stop the water flow until a plumber can come to your home to fix your problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Can I Install My New Dishwasher Myself?

It may seem like an easy task to install a new dishwasher, especially if it is a replacement. However, it may not be as easy as it looks, and it is often worth the investment to hire a professional plumber for your dishwasher installation. There are complications that can occur, both during and after installation, that can be avoided with a professional installation. Here are a few good reasons to hire a plumber for the job.

The Right Fit

Although you may buy the same size dishwasher, it is likely to fit differently than your previous model. Hookups can be in different places and it may need some alterations for it to be installed correctly. Unless you have extensive plumbing experience, it can be complicated and require the right tools and parts to make it fit properly. Plus, a plumber can usually install a dishwasher in a few hours or less; you may find yourself spending several hours or even days trying to install your appliance, making a mess of one of the most frequently used rooms in your home.

Leaks Can be Expensive

If not installed right, dishwasher leaks can occur that can mean serious damage to your home. A leak under or behind a dishwasher can go undetected, causing extensive water damage to walls and flooring in the meantime. This can be much more expensive to repair than just paying for a plumber to install your dishwasher correctly in the first place.

If you are buying a new dishwasher, contact a local plumber to inquire about scheduling installation. You want to make sure it is installed correctly to last for many years to come. It can make the process go quicker and prevent many problems in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 884-4678

Top 3 Tips on Preventative Drain Care

Unfortunately, most people don’t think about their drains until they need a clog removed or there is some other plumbing problem. Many common clogs and drain issues are preventable, saving you time, money and frustration. Here are some preventive tips that can keep your drains and pipes clear and free from the need for clogged drain repairs.

Eliminate Grease, Fats and Oils

One of the main issues that cause clogs is the grease and fats from your dishes and pans. While it may be easy and convenient to rinse greasy messes on your plates and pans down the drain, you can expect that that grease will eventually cause a clog. Wipe greasy residue from your plates and pans before rinsing.

Use a Drain Strainer

Hair and soap are another hazard to drains. Make sure your bathroom sinks and shower have a drain strainer. This catches pieces of soap and hair from going down into the drain and cause clogs. It is easier to clean out the strainer every few days than deal with a plumbing clog.

Don’t Use Drain Cleaners

It can seem easier to dump chemicals down your drain to reduce clogs. However, drain cleaner can harm your plumbing and is terrible for septic systems. If you have a clog, call a plumber. They can completely remove the clog and clean your pipes. It will last longer and be safer for your expensive plumbing.

Anything that can accumulate in your pipes should not be put down the drain. Fats, grease, hair, soap and solid food can all cause problems. Think before you put anything down the drain and you can prevent many plumbing issues with your drains in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

3 Warning Signs That Your Pipes Are Leaking

A leaky pipe in your plumbing is a serious issue. Even a small drip is nothing to ignore. Leaks do not go away on their own; they only get bigger and put you at risk for more damage. If a small leak turns into a burst pipe, you could be looking at much more than just a plumbing bill. Water and mold damage are expensive. It is best to catch leaks in your pipes right away and get them fixed before they become a large problem. Here are three warning signs that your pipes are leaking.

  1. Water spots on walls or ceilings. A discolored ceiling tile or water spots on your walls can mean a pipe is leaking. Even if it is not your plumbing, you have a leak somewhere that needs to be identified.
  2. Warped floor boards. If you notice the floor boards in your bathroom or kitchen are warped or feel spongy, it is time to investigate. You may have a leak that is ruining your subflooring and needs to be fixed before you no longer have a floor.
  3. Water bill increase. For those on municipal water, the water bill can be an eye-opener that you have a major leak. Sometimes a water main can be leaking outside the house and you don’t even know it, or an outdoor water source has a leak. A big water bill or any increase in usage is a good indicator that you may have a leak in one of your pipes.

At the first indication that you have a plumbing leak, call your local plumber for a water line repair. It is worth the investment to get your plumbing fixed right to avoid more costly damage to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471

Why You Should Steer Clear of Liquid Drain Cleaners

It seems like a simple solution. You have a slow drain in the bathroom due to soap and hair going down your drain, or a clogged kitchen sink. Simply dump some liquid drain cleaner into your sink or shower and presto! No more clog. But have you ever stopped to think about what is in drain cleaners and what they may be doing to your plumbing and the environment? Here are few good reasons why you should steer clear of liquid drain cleaners. 

  • Corrosive chemicals. The chemicals in liquid clog removers are meant to breakdown hair, fats, soap and other items that typically are in home drain clogs. However, those chemicals can also breakdown the interior of your plumbing. This is especially true if you have a pipe that already has some corrosion; drain cleaners will weaken the pipe quicker.
  • Toxicity. Drain cleaners are very dangerous to your health and that of your family. Just the fumes alone can make you sick, and getting drain cleaner on your skin can burn. You must be very careful to ensure that kids cannot access this toxic substance and possibly injure themselves.
  • Environmental damage. Chemicals that we put down our drains must be purified to keep them out of our water supply. Drain cleaner is poison and can kill animals, fish and other creatures. Plus, if you have a septic system, it will kill the good bacteria you need to keep your tank healthy.

Next time you have a clog, don’t reach for the drain cleaner. Instead, remove the clog yourself or call a plumber for professional drain cleaning. It is a more effective way to completely clear a drain and will do much less damage to your plumbing, health and the environment.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

3 Ways to Unplug a Toilet Fast

There is nothing worse than watching a toilet bowl water slowly creep to the rim when you flush. You hope it won’t overflow and that you can get it unplugged in time. A backed-up toilet is not usually a plumbing emergency – at least not one where you need a plumber. But it is an urgent issue that you need to resolve quickly. Here are three ways to unplug a backed-up toilet to avoid a big, nasty mess in your home.

  1. The plunger. First tool to grab when that water starts rising in the toilet bowl is your plunger – no home should be without one. Create a seal around the drain in the bottom of the toilet and push down. This can remove most minor clogs that are in the toilet drain.
  2. The snake. If the plunger is unable to remove the clog, it may be further down the drain. A snake can be used to unclog pipes. You may not have one of these at your home – almost any home improvement or hardware store will have one. The snake allows you to go several feet down through the pipe to remove any clogs.
  3. The phone. If the plunger or snake do not do the trick, you may have a major drain clog that needs a professional drain cleaning. Get on the phone and call your local plumber for a service call to remove your toilet drain blockage.

At least nine out of ten times, you can handle plugged toilets on your own. But when you get a stubborn clog, call in a professional to get your toilet back to flushing the way it should.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 884-467

Tips to Keep Your Restaurant Plumbing in Good Shape

Few businesses rely on good plumbing more than restaurants. A broken pipe or backed up toilet can be enough to shutdown your business until it is fixed. Health codes require that your plumbing is kept in good working order, which is why maintenance by a reputable commercial plumber is so important. Here are some tips to keep your restaurant plumbing in good shape to avoid unnecessary plumbing emergencies.

  • Use drain filters. Keep debris out of your drains with filters and ensure your employees are using them consistently. Even small food debris can lead to big clogs, which drain filters can help avoid.
  • Maintain grease traps. Grease and plumbing do not mix. Make sure your grease traps are cleaned and maintained to avoid overflows into the plumbing system.
  • Flush sugary drains. If you have a soda fountain, espresso machine or any other beverage station with its own drain, flush these drains regularly with hot water. The sugar from sodas and milk can create clogs and odor.
  • Clean your pipes. Schedule routine hydrojetting for your major pipes to proactively avoid clogs and backups. This can clear any sludge build-up that can lead to large clogs that can be costly to remove, especially if you need to close your business while it is repaired.
  • Maintain your septic. If you have a septic at your restaurant, it is vital to keep up with septic maintenance to avoid sewage backups and other problems.

It has been said millions of times, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is very true with plumbing. Stay on top of maintaining your restaurant plumbing and it can save you thousands of dollars in emergency repairs and shutdown costs in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Tips to Keep Grease Out of Your Drains

Fats and grease are a hazard to plumbing, especially congealing fats like butter, animal fat and shortening. Once it goes down your drains in liquid form, it can begin to congeal in the cooler pipes below, coating the inside and collecting debris to form a clog. While it may be easy to pour grease down the drain, it can be expensive to undo the damage to your plumbing. Here are a few tips to keep grease out of your drains and prevent nasty, expensive grease clogs.

Make a Grease Can

Having a metal container that you can pour grease into after cooking is a good start. However, you want to make sure it is made from hefty metal and has a cover. Open cans of grease can attract pests, which no one wants. Make sure to empty the can into the garbage as soon as the grease cools and congeals.

Wipe Plates and Pans Before Rinsing

Even if you pour out the grease out of pans or eat the food on the plate, there is often still fat left on your dishes. Don’t rinse these items in the sink or stick them in the dishwasher without first wiping them with a paper towel. This will collect any leftover fats and keep grease out of your drains.

Use a Grease Trap

To catch accidental grease that is put down the drain, a grease traps can be used. These need to be cleaned and emptied periodically.

If a grease clog does occur, call your plumber for effective drain cleaning.  They can remove the clog and flush the pipe to ensure all grease is removed to prevent future problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471